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Wheat Ridge Citizens Police Academy Graduates 12

The Wheat Ridge Police Department graduated its Fall 2017 Citizen Police Academy (CPA) class last month: Beverly Agy, Terrel Agy, Michael Gates, Barrlomiej Kurpet, Valerie McNamara, Susan Parker, Julie Calvetti, Mary Young, Andrea Prall, Vincent Becraft, Katie Altschwager and Richard Blackburn.

The purpose of the CPA is to give people who live or work in Wheat Ridge an opportunity to learn first-hand about the inner workings of the police department. Police and civilian personnel present lectures and demonstrations providing participants with a better understanding of the department’s mission, practices, and operations.

“CPA provides a unique opportunity for people who work or live in Wheat Ridge to learn more about the dedication and training it takes be an officer with the Wheat Ridge Police Department,” said Chief Dan Brennan. “This class of graduates reported they not only learned a lot but had fun in the process. It’s gratifying that members of our community care enough to apply and participate in CPA each year. Graduating from CPA is the first step in becoming a volunteer for our department and we hope to see many of these folks in our 2018 Volunteer Academy.”

The next CPA is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 and classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday night for 12 weeks.

Watch for announcements on the Wheat Ridge Police Facebook page and the City of Wheat Ridge at www.ci.wheatridge.co.us.

City Council Survey Seeks Input on Residential Construction

Residents have until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, to participate in Wheat Ridge City Council’s online survey on residents’ preferences on height and scale of residential housing.

Survey questions were compiled by council to help identify preferences related to the development and appropriate scale of single- and two-family homes in Wheat Ridge. The survey was created in response to a meeting that city council representatives Monica Duran and Larry Matthews held in District I last month.

“It is informal and the intent is to encourage and ensure input from our entire community,” said Duran in an email notice.

The topic will be discussed at city council’s Monday, Nov. 20, study session, 6:30 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HousesInWheatRidge.

Christmas Child Shoebox Gift Collection Through Nov. 20

Wheat Ridge families can donate colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world now through Nov. 20, when Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week concludes.

The Samaritan’s Purse project collects shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items, which are delivered to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The West Denver Area Team volunteers have a goal of collecting more than 11,800 gifts during the week, part of the national goal of 12 million.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 303-745-9179 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Night Out with Your Legislators, Dec. 4

Join the Jeffco League of Women Voters at the Iron Rail Tavern, Monday, Dec. 4, to socialize with the Colorado State Legislators representing Jefferson County and hear them present their legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The free, open-to-the-public event takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 4111 Kipling St. No reservations required.

The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit that encourages public participation in local government, educates voters and advocates on public policy. The League is nonpartisan and doesn’t endorse or oppose political parties or candidates at any level of office.

For more information, call 303-238-0032 or visit www.lwvjeffco.org.

Fudge Workshop, Holiday Markets at Four Seasons Market

Four Seasons Market will host a variety of special events in the coming weekends, at its 7043 W. 38th Ave. venue.

Four Seasons will celebrate its second anniversary the following Saturday, Nov. 25.

The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will take place Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cookie decorating with Old World Pantry takes place Saturday, Dec. 9, starting at 10am, Christmas Carols and Songs by the Westsiders.

Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market is open year round, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Open Shop Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m.

Find more information or RSVP at www.fourseasonsfam.com.

LWV Jeffco Book Club Announces ‘Inequality’ Selections

The Jefferson County League of Women Voters nonfiction book club will examine the topic of inequality by reading varied and sundry books and articles this month.

A few of the recommended books are “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live and Die” by Keith Payne; “The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea” by Bill Emmott; “Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is and What to Do about It” by Richard Reeves; and “One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality” by Jeremy Waldron.

Choose one of these - or any other you’ve come across - and come ready to discuss what’s happened and ideas to solve the problem. A discussion group will meet Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood 80215. For more information call Lynne at 303-985-5128.

LWV Jeffco is a nonpartisan organization that neither endorses nor opposes candidates.

For more information visit www.lwvjeffco.org or call 303-238-0032.

Feel the Tribal Beat with hOMe Collective, Dec. 2

       hOMe Collective, 6101 West 38th Ave., is hosting Tribal Beat, a guided movement experience to celebrate you and your potential, Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 to 10 p.m. Participants will discover their body as a vehicle for self-expression while resonating with the heart harmonizing pulse of live drumming with Earth Rhythms Healing. It is also a cleansing ritual helping participants to step into the holiday season refreshed and vitalized.

       Dress comfortably in clothes that allow you to move freely. This is not your typical ecstatic dance experience. You will be guided into free flowing movement through:

       • Connecting in community and setting intentions.

       • Slow guided flowing movement to harmonize the energy.

       • Increasing tempo to raise your energetic vibration.

       • Free movement and creative expression

       • Finish with grounding restorative yoga to process your experience.

       The event is $15 in advance, plus service fee, or $20 at the door (cash only)

       For details, visit https://www.homecollective.org

Wheat Ridge Police Receives CALEA Accreditation

The Wheat Ridge Police Department was recently recognized for excellence with the agency’s second reaccreditation and third accreditation award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

“The Wheat Ridge Police Department’s accreditation team spent countless hours preparing our documentation and responding to the assessors who evaluated our department for this prestigious recognition,” stated Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan. “Our officers and staff are committed to meeting the highest law enforcement standards as outlined by CALEA, so it’s with a great deal of pride that we receive this organization’s official recognition of our dedication and commitment to protecting and serving the Wheat Ridge community.”

The Wheat Ridge Police Department has strived for and received accreditation from CALEA since 2011. Accreditation by CALEA is law enforcement’s most prestigious certification. It is a method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement and display “best practices” in their community. Through a commission of experienced law enforcement practitioners, CALEA establishes standards that are adopted by the agency and reviewed every three years by the CALEA Commission. This process facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence. The CALEA Commission recently revised accreditation, extending the process to every four years.